Statements on Identity EXHIBITION

Featuring Darcy Nicholas with Maria Brockhill & Keiron Toa, all Taranaki-based artists who share close tribal and family ties.

Kāhui Maunga, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Ruanui, Tauranga Moana & Ngāti Hauā Tribes

Darcy is an established artist who has exhibited and sold his art to public and private collections around the world, including his London exhibition at the exclusive Curzon Club. A former Fulbright scholar recipient, Nicholas has received the Creative Wellington Award, the Queens Service Order (QSO) and the Te Atairangikaahu supreme Award, for services to Māori art.

His latest art is about identity, and features the paintings `The New Zealand Land wars’, `The Taranaki woman’ and `Story Teller’ series, which reflect the ever changing face of the Māori. “My paintings were influenced by my parents and the elders who were around me when I was a child as well as the outstanding individuals I met throughout the world who had a major influence on my life”.

Kāhui Maunga, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Ruanui, Tauranga Moana & Ngāti Hauā Tribes

Maria has been working with clay full time for over 10 years and has had her work featured and exhibited nationally and internationally. She most recently won the Te Puni Kōkiri Tō Taranakitanga Award at the 2019 Taranaki Art Awards.

“I love strong coloured glazes. I’m well known for the intensely bright glazes that I make, in jewel-like colours of turquoise, emerald and sapphire. My new works are sculptural pots with rough textural glazes that remind me of jagged rock formations with lava flows – it is an interesting and experimental foray away from the glossy sleek surfaces of previous work. I’m enjoying the change for now.”

Kāhui Maunga, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngati Toa, Ngāti Ruanui, Tauranga Moana & Ngāti Hauā Tribes

Keiron served in the New Zealand army for 17 years, including territorial service, infantry, SAS (finishing as a Corporal), marksman trainer, demolitions instructor, advanced tracker, mountain warfare specialist, military unarmed combat instructor with 1 tour of East Timor and 3 tours of Afghanistan.

Following his comprehensive career in the New Zealand army he took over the tools of his late brother Paul Toa and put his creative energy into jade, stone and bone carving. Recently he has been experimenting with new shapes based on his life experience.